Thomas McKinless

‘Yule’ get fewer calories with ‘impeachment lite’ — Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 9, 2019

Lawmakers got in the yuletide spirit this week while the House Judiciary Committee debated articles of impeachment, which President Donald Trump dubbed “impeachment lite.”

“They’re getting ready to vote for their Christmas present,” Rep. Doug Collins said of House Democrats’ impeachment push. All that plus giant imitation sugar packets, cellphone interruptions and December’s obligatory “winter is coming” reference.

The real war on Christmas: Who unplugged Perlmutter’s snowman?
Frosty the deadman

It was just a friendly Christmas decorating competition in the Longworth House Office Building halls. But then, an innocent snowman was slain. Kathryn Lyons investigates....
Drug prices are too high. What is Congress trying to do about it?

Both the House and the Senate have competing bills aimed at addressing the rising costs of prescription drugs, a legislative priority backed by President Donald Trump.

Watch: Democrats charge Trump with abuse of power, obstruction of Congress

Democratic leaders announced Tuesday morning they are introducing two articles of impeachment, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of office and obstruction of Congress.

Pelosi lights the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree
The 2019 tree is a blue spruce from New Mexico

Speaker Nancy Pelosi was joined by members of the New Mexico delegation on the West Lawn of the Capitol Wednesday night for the ceremonial lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. ...
Watch: Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’ after overheard comments

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced” following overheard comments Trudeau seemed to make about Trump at Buckingham Palace. World leaders are in London for a NATO summit.

Watch: Capitol Christmas Tree arrives on the West Lawn
This year’s tree came from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico

The 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived on the West Lawn Monday, completing its nearly 2,000 mile journey from New Mexico’s Carson National Forest.

It’s Thanksgiving recess and all we want to talk about is food
Invite Kathryn Lyons to Thanksgiving and she’ll stop asking you annoying questions

‘Impeachapalooza 2019’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 18, 2019

“Welcome to Impeachapalooza 2019,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, during one of this week’s several blockbuster impeachment hearings. Witnesses were subjected to twin jokes, flaming pigtails and “epic mansplaining” as they testified before the House Intellige...
Mark Ruffalo: Dangerous chemical found in water and ‘every one of you’
The ‘Avengers’ actor testified Tuesday afternoon on the Hill

If you’re not counted you’re not represented: Census 101
Roll Call Decoder

How many people will be living in the United States on April 1, 2020?

Congress is as outlandish as it could be: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 11, 2019

“It’s not as outlandish as it could be.” That’s how GOP counsel Steve Castor, during this week’s public impeachment hearings, described Rudy Giuliani’s backdoor diplomacy. But as watchers of Congress know, many things that happen on Capitol Hill are a little outlandish — like scooters, upside-down charts, flying microphones, a 20-second committee markup and more in this week’s Hits and Misses....
Watch: Trump live tweets impeachment hearing, Yovanovitch reacts in real time
President attacks ousted Ukraine ambassador as she testifies

Rep. Adam B. Schiff read aloud a tweet sent by President Donald Trump attacking Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony during the House impeachment hearing on Friday.

Watch: Rodney Davis and Eleanor Holmes Norton show off their scooter skills (or lack thereof)
Holmes Norton is an advocate for allowing electric scooters on the Capitol campus

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., attended an e-scooter safety demonstration on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, hosted by the Micromobility Coalition. Holmes Norton is an advocate of allowing e-scooters on the Capitol campus.

“Let’s bring the Congress into the 21st century,” she said Wednesday.

Watch: Shelby endorses Sessions for return to Senate
“I believe he will be a formidable candidate,” Shelby said

Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby endorsed his former Alabama Senate colleague for an expected 2020 Senate bid. “I believe he will be a formidable candidate,” Shelby said Thursday.

About a year ago, Jeff Sessions was forced out of his role as attorney general by President Donald Trump. Prior to that, Sessions served in the Senate for about two decades. He was first elected in 1996.

Popeyes chicken is riding on the outcome of the LSU-Alabama game
Sens. John Kennedy and Richard Shelby are betting chicken and sausage